Image Style Transfer Using ConvNets by TensorFlow (Windows)

This post is talking about how to setup a basic developing environment of Google’s TensorFlow on Windows 10 and apply the awesome application called “Image style transfer”, which is using the convolutional neural networks to create artistic images based on the content image and style image provided by the users.

The early research paper is “A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style” by Leon A. Gatys, Alexander S. Ecker, and Matthias Bethge on arXiv. You could also try their website application on DeepArt where there are a lot of amazing images uploaded by the people all over the world. DeepArt has apps on Google Play and App Store, but I suggest you use a much faster app Prisma, which is as awesome as DeepArt! [More to read: Why-does-the-Prisma-app-run-so-fast].

Moreover, I strongly recommend the formal paper Image Style Transfer Using Convolutional Neural Networks by the same authors published on CVPR-2016. This paper gives more details about how this method works. In short, the following two figures cover the idea behind the magic.

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Talking Machine: An Insightfull Podcast

Strongly recommend this podcast, the hosts and guests share deep understanding about topics from Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, which I believe is very helpful to clarify some basic concepts and eliminate misleading ideas.

The latest episode is talking about the basics about the dropout in Deep Learning and various opinions on Inferencing among different research groups. It raises a very interesting question, does  Inference equal prediction? 🙂

Here are some episodes:

Hope you enjoy it like I do.

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Machine Learning on Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service by Google that offers hosting on the same supporting infrastructure that Google uses internally for end-user products like Google Search and YouTube.[1] Cloud Platform provides developer products to build a range of programs from simple websites to complex applications.[2][3]

Google Cloud Platform is a part of a suite of enterprise services from Google Cloud and provides a set of modular cloud-based services with a host of development tools. For example, hosting and computing, cloud storage, data storage, translations APIs and prediction APIs.[2]


Just like Amazon and Microsoft, Google started its own cloud computing platform and the first 12 months for new users are free but with limited credits. You probably get used to running your machine learning algorithms on your local machine, but  I believe you know the clouding computing is the future! It is much cheaper and convenient to use.

When I am reviewing the CS231n: Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition  2017, I find they extended the new lab notes for the assignment as follows.

The students now can work on the assignment in one of two ways: locally on their own machine, or on a virtual machine on Google Cloud.

That is so cool,  right! If you are new to machine learning or just want to try different tools. This assignment is definitely a good practice.  Do it by yourself and you will make progress!


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Another Android Phone? but it is designed by Andy Rubin

The Essential Phone brought to us by the person who created Android is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem.


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